Plant a little seed
“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”
It’s a “Greek proverb” that’s been doing the rounds on Facebook recently (so who knows where it really comes from) but I had to think about it while writing this month’s cover story on church planting (page six).
Church planting has been around for as long as there has been a church, so I think it’s safe to say that we have all benefited from the labour of our predecessors forming communities of faith. Recently there has been renewed interest in founding new churches and faith communities, particularly in the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church.
There’s a lot of excitement about sharing the good news.
It’s the kind of good news that brings together people who have previously been in bitter conflict, such as the Dinka and Nuer people from South Sudan (page 12) and it’s the kind of good news that sees cross-generational friendships flourish (page nine) and vulnerable people being cared for (page 14).
Just as we have enjoyed the fruit of our predecessors’ work, so we should plant for the benefit of those who come after us.
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